First-half fail­ures are Blay­don’s down­fall

Sunday Sun - - Rugby Union -

SEDGLEY PARK BLAY­DON 43 26

BLAY­DON were sim­ply not at the races in the first half in which they lost out 26-0 to fourth-placed Sedgley Park, con­tribut­ing much to their own down­fall in the process.

Time and time again their clear­ance kicks were mis­di­rected, al­low­ing the home side to counter quickly and run in tries through scrum-half Cal­lum McShane (2), cen­tre Matt Ri­ley and winger Jamie Har­ri­son.

In­flu­en­tial fly-half Steve Collins was on tar­get with three con­ver­sions and at the in­ter­val it would have looked to a ca­sual ob­server that there was no way back for a dis­ap­point­ing Blay­don side.

What­ever was said at half-time, it had the de­sired ef­fect as the game was trans­formed within five min­utes of the restart. Pos­ses­sion was re­tained through count­less phases with Sedgley now on the back foot, and Blay­don hooker and head coach Matt Thompson was first to pierce their de­fence when he stormed over from 20 me­tres.

Ryan Fore­man added the con­ver­sion, as he did for the sec­ond try, this time scored by scrum-half Andy Miller who was driven over from the tail of a line-out af­ter a spell of con­stant pres­sure. Prop for­ward Dave Kilpatrick was next to cross the home line and with another Fore­man con­ver­sion, it was now 26-21 and al­most a com­plete turn­around.

Rob Len­deryou se­cured a try-scor­ing bonus point for the vis­i­tors but Sedgley avoided any fur­ther set-backs, and near the end, added fur­ther scores through Cal­lum Chap­man and Ben Lloyd.

If Blay­don had only com­peted in the first half, it might well have been a dif­fer­ent story.

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